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Exercising Your Soul: Fifteen Minutes a Day to a Spiritual Life
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Exercising Your Soul: Fifteen Minutes a Day to a Spiritual Life

by Gary Jansen
 

A fitness program for the soul that offers simple techniques to recharge your spirit and enhance your relationships with yourself, with others, and most importantly, with God. Jansen's engaging, personal style brings to life each of the practices he suggests as he shares his own growth through the disciplines.

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A fitness program for the soul that offers simple techniques to recharge your spirit and enhance your relationships with yourself, with others, and most importantly, with God. Jansen's engaging, personal style brings to life each of the practices he suggests as he shares his own growth through the disciplines.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this conversational guide to historic and contemporary Christian meditative exercises, Doubleday religion editor Jansen persuasively argues that the incorporation of spiritual practices into one's daily routine is not only desirable but achievable without extraordinary effort. The book is divided into five sections, one offering the rationale for trying to connect with God, and four that walk the reader through exercises devoted to prayer, encountering God, engaging the parables, and meditating on the Stations of the Cross (this section includes both traditional and contemporary versions). Chapters build on each other: for example, the parable exercises incorporate previously introduced prayers. Jansen's relaxed, second-person narrative voice amuses and inspires trust; when discussing Christ as the intersection between humanity and all creation he begins, "I hate to do this to you, but I would like to talk briefly about math." Small vignettes and stories reflective of the author's own spiritual journey appear throughout; some, including the two that open and close the book, "White Rabbits" and "Coda," have a magical realism tone, adding a playful element to this well-done spiritual workbook, which both individuals and groups may find enlightening and useful. (Aug.)
Fr. Joseph F. Girzone
"This book will be fun to read and will lead readers into what will be for many, a new and exciting adventure."
James Martin
"Prayer is not just for the saints, but for you. Gary Jansen's beautiful book is filled with simple, how-to advice on jump-starting your relationship with God. Using insights from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, Jansen offers straight-forward advice on how to begin, or deepen, your relationship with the One who loved us into being."
Paul Coutinho
"This is one of the rare books where the author captures the authentic goal of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, namely, Dive Union and the interconnectedness of all life. In a simple and collective style, Gary Jansen makes it easier to experience God who is present in every creature."
author of Hard as Nails and Win it All Justin Fatica
"Gary Jansen's powerful book will send you into a spiritual awakening. Start reading Exercising Your Soul and you will truly desire to love others in a new way. He not only writes a beautiful work, but more importantly, he lives the message."
New York Times bestselling author of The Rhythm of Matthew Kelly
"Exercising Your Soul is brilliant! Whether you are a beginning or a vetran of the spiritual life I think you will find Gary Jansen's approach immensibly practical."
Mike Aquilina
"I love this book. Gary Jansen has an endearing, attention-deficit quality that lets him deliver big lessons not only painlessly, but humorously. He goes deep, and takes us readers deep, without even a whiff of pious unction. For Jansen, a tattooed foot on the subway is the start of a mystical flight. By the end of the story, we know that these everyday distractions should be graces for us as well."
author of Beyond Blue Therese Borchard
"Gary Jansen has accomplished what no other spiritual author before him has: explained the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola in language I understand! He educates, entertains, and inspires with his charming stories and simple prose."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446539531
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
08/09/2010
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are Saying About This

Joseph F. Girzone
This book will be fun to read and will lead readers into what will be for many, a new and exciting adventure.

Meet the Author

Gary Jansen is an editor at Doubleday Religion and the former editor-in-chief of the Quality Paperback Book Club. His writing has appeared in USA Today, Newsday, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR:
"Jansen's introduction has strong appeal to people like me-Protestants who are rediscovering the Catholic practices our parents and grandparents discarded generations ago. His images of love and relationship, as to why we pray the rosary, are right on target."
--- Jon Sweeney, author of The St. Francis Prayer Book and Almost Catholic

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